Adopted by the Members of the Board of Directors at Lake Delton,
Wisconsin, October 29, 1972, and amended by the Board of Directors at
Stevens Point, Wisconsin on May 1, 1983; and amended again by the Board
of Directors at Madison, Wisconsin on September 23, 1984; and
amended again at Green Bay on October 11, 1987; and amended again at
Fond du Lac on February 6, 1988, and amended again by the Board of
Directors at Stevens Point on February 5, 1994.
BE IT RESOLVED that the name of the Wisconsin Self-Service and Dry
Cleaners, Inc., be changed to the Wisconsin Automatic Laundry and
Cleaning Council, Inc.
BE IT RESOLVED that the name of the Wisconsin Automatic Laundry and
Cleaning Council, Inc. be changed to the Wisconsin Coin Laundry
BE IT RESOLVED that the name of the Wisconsin Coin Laundry
Association be changed to the Wisconsin Self-Service Laundry Association
(WSLA).( Feb. '94)
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this revised set of By-laws be adopted as
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Board of Directors shall consist of
four (4) members from each of three geographic area. One district will
include the counties of Milwaukee, Racine, and Kenosha. The other two
districts will consist of two halves of the state of Wisconsin divided
by a line running approximately from Port Washington to La Crosse -- one
district being the north half and called the Northern District and the
third district being the south half and called the Southern District. In
addition to these twelve, positions for Directors at Large may be
determined by the Board of Directors based on the number of members.
ARTICLE I - TITLE, LOCATION, PURPOSE, AND CORPORATE
Section 1 - Title: The name of the corporation is Wisconsin
Self-Service Laundry Association (WSLA).
Section 2 - Location: The principal office of the corporation shall
be the home address of the Secretary/Treasurer or Executive Secretary of
the corporation, or in such other place as may be designated by the
Board of Directors.
Section 3 - Purpose: The purpose for which the corporation is formed
is to conduct an association for the benefit of persons engaged in the
self-service and coin-operated laundry, dry cleaning, and related
machine service in the State of Wisconsin. This corporation shall be
purely benevolent and educational and shall not be for pecuniary gain or
profit. It shall cooperate with and supplement the efforts of all
existing organizations now engaged in working on behalf of the
self-service and coin-operated services and establishments in Wisconsin;
to advise and assist the members and to endeavor to procure sound and
just legal protection as well as just laws affecting said industry and
to assist in the solution of their mutual problems.
Section 4 - Corporate Seal: The Corporation shall have a corporate
seal which shall have inscribed thereon the name of the corporation and
the words "Corporate Seal".
ARTICLE II - MEMBERSHIP
Section 1 - Qualifications: Any individual, partnership, corporation
or a designated representative of such, engaged in the self-service
and/or coin-operated laundry, pressing, or dry cleaning business in
Wisconsin including those persons engaged in the manufacture and
supplying of products associated with the self-service laundry and dry
cleaning industry shall be eligible for membership in this association
and may become a member upon approval of its application for membership
as hereinafter provided.
Section 2 - Acquisition of membership: In order to become a member of
this Association, an individual, partnership, or corporation shall make
application to the Secretary of the Corporation, addressed to the
Corporation, which shall specify such facts, if any, as shall be
required by the Board of Directors to approve applications for
Section 3 - Right to vote: Each member shall have one vote. At any
meeting of the members, such vote may be cast by the member, a
representative of the member, or by written proxy. Proxies may be
executed either by a member or by any person appointed to represent such
Section 4 - Eligibility to hold office: Persons who are actively
engaged in ownership and/or management of a coin-operated laundry or dry
cleaning operation and who are members of the Board of Directors at the
time of being elected shall be eligible to hold office in this
Section 5 - Dues and Contributions: Dues shall be payable in such
sums and such times as the Board of Directors shall determine. The only
penalty for non-payment of dues shall be the right to suspend or
terminate membership as provided in the following section. Contributions
to the corporation may be accepted from time to time from members or
from others by action of the Board of Directors or any committee
authorized by the Board of Directors to approve contributions.
Section 6 - Expulsion or suspension of membership: Any member may be
suspended or expelled by the Board of Directors for non-payment of dues
or for conduct which the Board of Directors in its discretion may deem
to be prejudicial to the interests of the corporation. In cases other
than for non-payment of dues, there shall be a fair hearing and a
written notice shall be mailed to the members setting forth the date of
such hearing and the alleged offense. Such notice shall be sent by
registered mail not less that seven (7) days before such meeting.
Section 7 - Termination of Membership: Membership shall terminate
upon death or expulsion of an individual; upon dissolution, merger or
expulsion of a corporation or partnership; or by voluntary withdrawal.
Notice of any such action shall be delivered in writing to the Secretary
by mail or in person.
ARTICLE III - MEETING OF MEMBERS
Section 1 - Annual Meeting: The annual meeting of members of the
Association shall be held at such time and place as the Board of
Directors may designate. The purpose of the meeting shall be to elect
directors and for the transaction of such other business as properly may
be brought before the meeting.
Section 2 - Special Meetings: Special meetings of the members may be
called by the President or by a majority of the members of the Board of
Directors at any time by written or verbal notice.
Section 3 - Quorum: Those present at any meeting constitute a quorum
and business may be conducted.
Section 4 - Voting by Proxy: Voting by written proxy shall be allowed
at all meeting of members, provided such proxy is presented to the
chairman of the meeting prior to the meeting.
ARTICLE IV - BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Section 1 - Members: The Board of Directors shall consist of
twelve (12) members selected in such a manner from the membership as to
result in state-wide representation of the industry. Four directors
shall represent each of the three districts in Wisconsin. The Board of
Directors may add or subtract to that number, Directors at Large, as it
may deem necessary. The immediate past President shall be a member of
the Board of Directors while he/she remains a member in good standing of
the Corporation. The second past President shall be a member of the
Board of Directors should serve as immediate Past President and serve on
the Board of Directors should the immediate past President fail to be a
member in good standing. The election of Directors shall be at the time
of the annual meeting of the members of the Corporation.
Section 2 - Term of Office: Each elected member of the Board of
Directors shall take office upon election and hold office for three
years. Directors are limited to two full terms ( six years) except that
a director's term will be extended as long as he/she serves as an
elected officer or past president. An individual may serve as director
again after an interval of one year.
Section 3 - Powers and Duties: The Board of Directors shall have the
control and management of the affairs and funds of the Corporation;
shall elect the officers of the Corporation; Shall select such employees
as may be necessary and fix their rates of pay; shall approve budgets
and determine the dues payable by the members, except where directed at
the annual meeting; fill vacancies on the Board of Directors or among
the officers; and exercise such powers and duties as are expressly given
to it by the laws of the State of Wisconsin.
Section 4 - Meetings and Quorum: A regular annual meeting of the
Board of Directors shall be held without other notice that this by-law,
at the same place and on the same date as the annual meeting of the
members. Special meetings of the Board of Directors may be called by the
President or by any five members of the Board of Directors. Except in
cases of emergency, as determined by the President, notice of special
meetings shall be in writing and mailed at least five days before the
time of such meeting. A quorum shall be those Directors present at any
meeting and business may be conducted.
ARTICLE V - OFFICERS
Section 1 - Number: The officers of this Corporation shall
consist of a president, first vice-president, second vice-president, and
such other officers as the Board of Directors may from time to time deem
Section 2 - Election and Term: The president , first vice-president,
and second vice-president shall be elected by the Board of Directors
prior to the annual meeting of the membership and shall hold office for
two years or until their successors are elected.
Section 3 - Vacancies: Any vacancy in an office may be filled by the
Board of Directors for the unexpired term.
Section 4 - Compensation: All elected officers and directors shall serve
Section 5 - Executive Secretary: The Board of Directors may appoint
and/or hire an executive secretary who will perform such duties as may
be requested by the officers and Board of Directors.
Section 6 - Duties of the President: The president shall be an
administrative officer. He/she shall preside at the meetings of the
Board of Directors and the general meetings of the membership; and
perform such duties as may be prescribed for him/her by resolution of
the Board of Directors.
Section 7 - Duties of the First Vice-President: The first vice-
president shall perform all duties of the President in his/her absence
Section 8 - Duties of the Secretary: The Secretary shall serve at the
pleasure of the Board of Directors, shall keep the corporate, financial,
and membership records of the corporation, shall maintain a mailing list
of the coin-operated laundries in the State of Wisconsin; shall set up
and print or have printed and mail the house organ of the Corporation;
and shall perform such duties as shall be required of him/her by the
Board of Directors.
Section 9 - Duties of the Treasurer: The Treasurer shall serve at the
pleasure of the Board of Directors and have charge of the funds of the
corporation, keep the membership and financial records of the
corporation, and shall make disbursements therefrom in such a manner as
the Board of Directors may direct. He/she shall provide a bond in such
amount as determined by the Board of Directors and paid for by the
Section 10 - Duties of the Recording Secretary: The Recording
Secretary shall be appointed by the President and shall be approved by
the Board of Directors, and shall keep accurate minutes of all meetings.
ARTICLE VI - FISCAL YEAR
The fiscal year of the Corporation shall begin on the first day of
January and end on the last day of December of that year.
ARTICLE VII - COMMITTEES
The president may appoint the following standing committees: Finance,
Conventions, and other temporary committees, such as an audit committee,
may be appointed as needed or required. At least one member of each
committee shall be a member of the Board of Directors.
ARTICLE VIII - AMENDMENTS
These By-laws may be amended by 2/3 affirmative vote of the entire
Board of Directors at any regular or special meeting provided that
written notice containing the proposed amendment shall be mailed or
given to each member of the Board of Directors at least two weeks prior
to the amendment meeting. Written proxies must be given or mailed to the
chairman prior to the amendment meeting.
ADDENDUM - JOB DESCRIPTIONS
Job Description for the President:
1. Preside over Board of Director and General Membership meetings.
All members are welcome at the Board meetings and every member has a
right to be heard on any issue or decision. It is the President's job to
make sure the meetings follow an agenda and stay on the topic currently
being discussed, so that the meetings are productive and efficient.
2. Appoint necessary committees and committee chairpersons. The
President decides what committee are needed and follows the committee's
work to be sure that the assigned tasks are being completed on schedule.
3. Supervise the Executive Secretary who is a compensated employee of
the Association. The Executive Secretary should report to and get
direction from the President. The President should see that the
secretary's duties are being performed properly and in a timely manner.
Job Description for the Vice-Presidents
1. Assist the President and be prepared to take over the duties of
2. The Vice-Presidents should have a major committee chair such as
convention. this provides good leadership and helps prepare the
Vice-President for the Presidency.
3. The First Vice-President shall succeed to the Presidency following
the term of the President, and the Second Vice-President shall succeed
to the First Vice-Presidency and then to the Presidency.
Job Description of the Executive Secretary:
1. This is a compensated position reporting to the President and the
Board of Directors.
2. The Executive Secretary is required to do clerical and management
work for the Association. This includes minutes, financial records,
membership billings, meeting agendas, convention planning, convention
and other mailings, editing the newsletter, and being the contact person
for meeting arrangements.
3. The Executive Secretary is not a policy maker, but can provide
recommendations and continuity to the Association.
Job Description of the Board of Directors:
1. The Board of Directors manages the Association. Decision making
and planning take place at the Board meetings. Board members are
expected to become knowledgeable about the Association and the issues it
2. Board members are expected to serve on committees and have at
least one special interest to improve the Association or advance it's
3. Board members are expected to be supportive of the Association's
political effort and provide leadership to the membership. Board members
should be counted on for phone calls, letters, and meetings with elected
4. Attendance at Board meetings is necessary to perform these duties
and expected. There are four Board meeting annually. They should be
scheduled at least one year in advance. One is held at the same date and
place as the Fall Convention and one is held at the same date and place
as the Spring Meeting. If a Board member must be absent, he or she is
expected to contact the President as far in advance as possible.